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Assemblymember Gabryszak: State of the State 2012 Promises Job Growth for WNY
Assemblymember Gabryszak: State of the State 2012 Promises Job Growth for WNY

Assemblymember Gabryszak: State of the State 2012 promises commitment to continued job growth for Western New York

This week, Governor Cuomo welcomed in the 2012 legislative session with his State of the State Address. The Governor announced exciting plans for New York State,
several of those specific to Western New York. Not only is this an affirmation of last year’s achievements, it is a promise for even greater strides in job creation and economic development for our hardworking families in 2012.

Governor Cuomo introduced a comprehensive “Three Part Plan” that will combine forces of government, public and private sectors to strengthen New York’s
economy, particularly in our region. The plan calls for $1 billion in the next five years for companies to expand or locate in the Buffalo region. This will help create a multitude of jobs and stimulate our local economy, revitalizing our neighborhoods. This money will be provided in addition to the $100.3 million awarded to Western New York’s Regional Economic Development Council last year and will go a long way in making our area attractive to businesses.

The governor announced plans to launch a second competitive round of regional economic development awards, worth $200 million. This is a prime opportunity to boost
Western New York’s competitiveness and market our region as the ideal place to invest in and do business.

The governor also mentioned vital infrastructure improvements as part of the New York Works Fund to repair hundreds of roads, bridges and other critical transportation
projects throughout the state. Not only will they create jobs, these projects will allows us to be better connected to each and every region in New York State. A creation of an “energy highway,” was announced- a system that will bring excess power from Western New York to other parts of the state. While such an idea seems beneficial, further details need to be released to make sure we preserve Western New York’s current allocation of low-cost hydropower, while at the same time addressing the energy needs of the rest of our state.

Several promising initiatives for 2012 were announced that will keep rebuilding New York State. By further empowering Western New York to develop viable economic
plans, creating thousands of jobs and spurring billions of dollars in new investment and activity, our community will succeed in ways beyond our greatest achievements in 2011. I look forward to working with the governor and the rest of the Legislature this year to bring more jobs and resources to our hardworking families in Western New York.

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